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Medigram: February 28, 2013

Top Story

Society leader Halverson testifies at
Task Force on Mental Health hearing

Wisconsin Medical Society member Jerry Halverson, MD, testified about challenges in the state’s mental health system at the initial meeting of the State Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health in Madison on Wednesday. A member of the Society’s Board of Directors, Dr. Halverson was the only physician invited to speak to the bipartisan group; he did so on behalf of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association and the Society. Read more.

News Briefs

Society joins public health, other
stakeholders to oppose raw milk sales

The Wisconsin Medical Society joined with 15 other advocacy groups and organizations to oppose any introduction of a bill in the State Legislature to legalize the sale of unpasteurized (raw) milk. Under the umbrella of the Safe Milk Coalition, the Society and others oppose the legalization of raw milk because milk that is unpasteurized can cause serious symptoms that are dangerous and potentially life-threatening for children and infants, pregnant women, older adults and those with compromised immune systems. Read more.

Seminar to address Medicare changes
To assist physicians and their teams with the many changes occurring with Medicare, the Wisconsin Medical Society again is partnering with WPS Medicare to present a day-long seminar in March. Penny Osmon Bahr, BA, CHC, CPC, CPC-I, PCS, and Mary Muchow of WPS Medicare will discuss changes to Medicare Part B policies, procedures and reimbursement in the Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule for 2013. Read more.

WHITEC expands services to specialists
The Wisconsin Health Information Technology Extension Center (WHITEC) is expanding its services to specialty physicians as part of WHITEC Services Group. Since 2010, WHITEC has been helping primary care physicians and other health care professionals successfully implement and use electronic health records (EHRs). Read more.

Foundation Focus

Fundraising event April 12 features Richard Davidson, PhD
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s 2013 fundraising event on Friday, April 12 will feature a fascinating presentation by Richard J. Davidson, PhD, one of the world’s greatest pioneers in the study of emotion. The event – with a large silent auction, good food and great company – benefits the work of the Foundation and its programs that support medical education and improve health for all of us. Read more.